Having missed a sitter in the first half, Sir Alex Ferguson had a word with him at half-time. Cleverley, who was probably our best performer on the night, then went on to score the winner.
“It’s been playing on my mind a little bit because I’ve always scored goals when I’ve gone out on loan but I’ve not been doing it for my club and country,” he told MUTV. “The gaffer gave me a bit [of stick] at half-time for missing the chance in the first half so it was nice to stroke that one in. Hopefully that sets me off on a run now. I practice those sorts of finishes a lot in training with Rene and when it came to me from Welbs I always knew what I was going to do. Luckily it found the back of the net. I’ve got that first one now and hopefully more will come.”